Ghost Hunters

Ghost Hunters

William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning author tells the amazing story of William James' quest for empirical evidence of the spirit world. What if a world-renowned professor of psychology at Harvard University, acclaimed as one of the leading intellects of the time, suddenly announced that he believed in ghosts? At the close of the nineteenth century, Dr. William James, a founder of the American Psychological Association, did just that. James joined with two other brilliant thinkers to form the American Society for Psychical Research. This riveting book is about their investigations of ghost stories-and their courage and conviction to study science with an open mind.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2008.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 0792752198
9780792752196
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (14hr., 30 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Wilson, George K.

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notTom Dec 16, 2010

This is an account of the clash between spiritualism and science in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In particular it focuses on a leading American philosopher and Harvard professor of psychology William James, and his unshakable belief that another world lay in store for the soul after the death of the physical body. Blum uses William James (brother of the author Henry James) as a figurehead for the the rise in spiritualism in America and Britain throughout the 19th century, as well as the formation of the SPR (the Society of Psychical Research) ,whose members committed themselves to proving life after death through the unique skills of the medium Leonora Piper, among others. Though somewhat dry at times, it is equally spooky and humorous to warrant picking it up. This book is certain to please those in search of a good history of American and British psychology between 1850 and 1925.

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